photography competition winners announced

The winners by judging are:

Photo No. 5: of father and child (above), by Melissa takes first prize: $250.

Photo No. 7: connected to the earth is the innocent child (below) by Jess takes second prize: $100.

Please see these photos and the long list of awesome photos at the photo comp page here.

"How I Got here" story winner announced

Judges have decided the competition winner on the theme of "How I Got Here" is Thamilnila. Prize: $250.

Please see her entry, the other place-getters and the long list at the writing comp page here.

The equal second-place getters Sally Rummery and Ingrid Pearson below ($75 each). Having two second-place sharers replaces the people's choice award, which received minimal and inconclusive votes.

Judging criteria were technical skill, storytelling and emotional impact.

Community-University Partnership      

Thank you for funding support from Charles Sturt University.

FEstival online: here's what happened

"Social Connection" and  "How I Got Here" recordings can be found on Facebook (@BathurstStorytelling).

356 grant

Thank you for funding support from Bathurst Regional Council.


The Bathurst Multicultural Storytelling Festival in 2019 and 2020 honour the memory of Neroli Colvin.

Neroli’s PhD was on cultural diversity in regional education and she started working on this festival when we first visited Bathurst.

The festival is possible because of donations kindly made towards Neroli’s legacy.

Here's Neroli's obituary from The Sydney Morning Herald.

Neroli Colvin photo colour